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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday April 7th, 2021 :: 10:55 a.m. PDT


National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Nature of Incident: National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Report Number: Non-applicable
Location: Ventura County Sheriff’s Communications Center
Date & Time: April 11 – April 17, 2021
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Communications Center


National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is April 11 – 17, 2021, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is honoring the public safety dispatchers who serve as the lifeline between people in need and vital law enforcement services. These public safety dispatchers have dedicated their careers to providing superior service to people who have a need for law enforcement assistance. In many cases, the dispatcher can make the difference between life and death. 
In 2020, the public safety dispatchers and supervisors at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office answered more than 357,000 telephone calls, including 105,000 9-1-1 calls and every year, that number grows. Day in, and day out, hundreds of people depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of the dispatchers who work in public safety communications. These team members help save countless lives by handling emergency telephone calls, dispatching law enforcement resources, and providing moral support to people in distress. Their normal workday is nothing but abnormal in so many ways.

Public safety dispatchers must undergo a rigorous testing and background process before being hired. After they have been hired, new dispatchers must attend a three-week Basic Dispatcher Course that is certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Typically, their training also includes 2 additional weeks of classroom training and between 6 – 12 months of on-the-job training before the new dispatcher is able to work independently.
Within the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, we are celebrating the valuable contributions that our public safety dispatchers make on a daily basis. We are incredibly fortunate to have such talented and dedicated professionals who work so hard to serve the public and our deputies. Please join us in thanking them for doing such an excellent job at fulfilling a critical role in public safety.
Prepared by: Erin M. Brockus, Assistant Communications Manager  
News Release Date: April 7, 2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Erin M. Brockus, Assistant Communications Manager (805) 654-5158
Approved by:
Captain John Wright, Communications Manager

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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